Professional Practice



This course discusses professionalism in general and uses Disability Management and Vocational Rehabilitation to demonstrate specific professions and what makes an individual a professional.  It addresses professional practice and the role all 11 components play in defining the profession. It also provides the professional with the knowledge and skills to promote the field and to demonstrate credibility.

There is a large section dedicated to ethics since a Code of Ethics is a major determination point in defining a profession.

Course Content

The course covers the following content:

  • Defining a Profession

  • Scope of Practice

  • Standards of Practice

  • Values aligned with Professional practice

  • Ethics and Professional practice

  • Complaints and discipline for Professionals

  • What do we mean by competence?

  • What do we mean by credentials?

  • Professional educational requirements

  • Continuous Professional Development

  • Professional Associations 

  • Colleges of Practice

  • Staying safe.

We follow the career of a professional throughout to add interest and relevance to the discussion. 

Course Design


About the Instructor

Gail Kovacs

Gail Kovacs

Director of Education and Professional Development

In her role as KMG’s Director of Education, Gail brings 44+ years of international experience in health care, disability management and vocational rehabilitation.

Her extensive teaching experience includes recent projects such as developing and delivering training courses to Foreign Trained Health Professionals in Ontario, creating the Study Guide, workshop and on-line training for the 8 professional domains of the Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE) exam,  and developing training for front line construction supervisors in British Columbia in collaboration with WorkSafe B.C.

Gail is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP). She is a Past President of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) and of the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS). She has also been on the Board of Directors for the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP). She was a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) in the UK and has been directly involved in the development of practice standards with the VRA in Canada, the UK Rehab Council, and the British Standards Institution.

Gail has a certificate in Human Resources Development and professionally practices as an Ergonomist. She is also a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (CCRC), a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), and a Consensus Based Disability Management Auditor (CBDMA). She has been awarded the Fellowship of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, the Award of Excellence from CAVEWAS, and a lifetime membership with the VRA UK all in recognition of her professional achievements in Vocational Rehabilitation and for her dedication and commitment to professional development.